Macquarie super sizes new data centre for hyperscalers and AI

by Sophie Berrill
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Macquarie Data Centres has announced the potential to increase capacity at its next data centre, IC3 Super West, to facilitate AI innovation.

The sovereign provider, which is part of Macquarie Technology Group, has announced a major expansion to its next data centre, IC3 Super West. This expansion gives IC3 Super West the potential to increase its IT load to 45 megawatts (MW), a 41 percent increase from its original plans.

The expansion reflects Macquarie Data Centres’ ambitious expansion plans to meet rapidly rising demand for power and data-hungry AI workloads in Australia while creating the right home for hyperscale cloud customers.

“According to CSIRO, the Australian economy could gain $315 billion by 2028 through the integration of AI. However, unlocking the full potential of AI hinges on the availability of advanced AI-ready data centres. To ensure optimal performance in training and inference of these AI models, we are designing our upcoming data centres to meet and surpass the demanding requirements for higher densities,” says Macquarie Data Centres group executive, David Hirst.

IC3 Super West will be able to efficiently support the high densities and multi-megawatt power requirements of new AI chip and server infrastructure, according to Macquarie. The state-of-the-art data centre will also have the cooling requirements to match, by optimising the latest in both air and liquid cooling technologies.

This new data centre will be the third edition to the provider’s Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus in Sydney’s premier North Zone. The increase in planned capacity will mean the total campus IT load could reach 63MW.

Macquarie Data Centres’ ambitious growth plans were bolstered by AUD$160 million capital raise in June 2023. The Australian data centre provider announced that the capital raise would be put towards its future-focused expansion strategy which involves acquiring sites in Sydney to accelerate growth and support the AI megatrend. 

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